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Child, Family, or School Social Worker Salary

Those pursuing careers as Child, Family, or School Social Workers in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $36K annually. Pay generally varies between $26K and $53K per year. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Child, Family, or School Social Workers who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 87 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn dental coverage. Most Child, Family, or School Social Workers report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$27,388 - $55,137
(Median)
$27K
$36K
$55K
MEDIAN: $35,770
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$9.83 - $24.23
(Median)
$9
$15
$24
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$27,388 - $55,137  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,977  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,614 - $53,363  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 301
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$9.83 - $24.23  
   
Overtime
$8.16 - $49.30  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,977  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,614 - $53,363  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 129

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Job Description for Child, Family, or School Social Worker

Child, family, or school social workers help support children who may be at risk due to circumstances at home, school, or other environments. As advocates for the children, the social worker acts as a liaison between various institutions, families, and the child. Typically, the social worker either identifies an at-risk child or is called in by some authority that has made this determination. The social worker works with the family to help create the best environment for the child, while assessing all health and psychological risks. Social workers in a school environment are typically charged with determining which students may be at risk and work with other teachers and counselors to aid the student and administer testing to help fully diagnose the extent of the student's needs.

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Child, Family, or School Social Worker Tasks

  • Work with parents, teachers, community organizations, internal partners, etc. on behalf of clients.
  • Carry out various administrative tasks in support of client service.
  • Address client needs (mental, social, educational, etc.) on an individual basis.

Common Career Paths for Child, Family, or School Social Worker


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Child, Family, or School Social Workers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Non-Profit Executive Director. The average Non-Profit Executive Director brings home $59K per year. Typical career progression for a Social Worker involves becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker or a MSW Social Worker, roles that pay $16K more and $6K more on average.

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Typical Child, Family, or School Social Workers report a focused set of job skills. Counseling and Case Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Counseling is a skill commonly found among those who know Case Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Child, Family, or School Social Worker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. During the first five years of their careers, Child, Family, or School Social Workers see a median income of $34K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $37K. Child, Family, or School Social Workers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $41K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $55K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Child, Family, or School Social Worker Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Child, Family, or School Social Worker in Phoenix:
"How much time you spend driving."
Be patient, let clients tell their story. Don't judge. Be there for them.

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Experience Affects Child, Family, or School Social Worker Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$35,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Child, Family, or School Social Worker Salaries


Case Management
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National Average
$35,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 81 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 15%